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Deadline extended for NCDD 2014 session proposals!

In response to a whole bunch of requests for “more time,” we’re giving everyone one more week to get their workshop proposals in for the 2014 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation.

NCDD2012-JohnPerkinsSmileSession proposals are now due by the end of the day next Monday, June 23rd.

Submit your best ideas for creative, lively, valuable sessions at www.ncdd.org/ncdd2014/session-app and keep in mind the conference theme and the following tips for presenters…

Our theme for the 2014 conference, Democracy for the Next Generation, invites us to build on all the innovative practices and tools that have been invigorating the dialogue and deliberation community in recent years. Now more than ever, we have both the opportunity and, increasingly, the imperative to bring this work to a much larger stage in order to build a stronger democracy that is able to address society’s most pressing challenges.

What do we want the next generation of our work to look like, and how can we work together to get there? This “next generation” of democracy is the future that embodies the best of what we have to offer the world.

Advice from the NCDD 2014 planning team for potential session leaders:

  1. Identify great co-presenters.  Most workshops at NCDD conferences are collaborative efforts involving multiple presenters from different organizations and universities.
  2. Look over past workshop descriptions. Peruse the list of workshops from NCDD Seattle to get a sense of the kinds of sessions the planning team selects. Session proposals are particularly welcome that focus on innovative solutions to common challenges, ways to take this work to scale or to new audiences, and deep dives into great projects (and thoughtful explorations of failed projects!).
  3. Be innovative with your session.  NCDD attendees are usually not too impressed with traditional panels or long speeches. Get them engaging with you and each other! Think about how you can get them out of their seats and moving around the room. And think about what you’d like to learn from them (not just what they can learn from you). Challenge yourself to run a session without relying on PowerPoint.
  4. Share your stories.  NCDDers prefer hearing your stories to getting a run-down of your organization or methodology.  People are interested in learning about what you did, what you learned, and how they may be able to learn from your experience.
  5. Share the latest.  What’s the latest research? What are the latest innovations in the field? What new challenges are you facing? What are your latest accomplishments?

Email NCDD 2014 conference manager Courtney Breese at courtney@ncdd.org if you have questions about the proposal process.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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